MONSTERS: A COLLECTION OF UNEASY TALES. London: Philip Allan, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5 [6-8] 9-249 [250-256: ads], original gray cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. Collects twelve stories, all but one original to this collection, by Vivian Meik, Elliott O'Donnell, Birkin (as "Charles Lloyd"), and others. Vivian Meik's "The Two Old Women" concerns African voodoo in London suburb, witches drawing blood and life-force of girl in dreams, probably to revive dead brother. Part of the classic fourteen volume "Creeps" series. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-23. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 450. Carter, The Vampire in Literature, p. 83. Frost, The Monster with a Thousand Faces, p. 86. Bleiler (1978), p. 8. Reginald 10241. Mild tanning to text block, but a fine copy in good pictorial dust jacket (illustrated by Philip Simmonds) with shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, mainly at spine ends and corner tips, tiny chip and rubbing along front flap fold, and three small ghosts, two on spine panel and one on front flap. A nice copy of one of scarcer Creeps titles to be found in dust jacket. (#161230).
"First Impression of this Collection, 1934" on copyright page.